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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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If you read or hear about a scientific result in the mainstream media, the odds are depressingly good that it's nonsense.

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  01:02 PM

I just finished the book Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, which I liked a lot. This bit struck me as ... familiar:
There were so many facts that Amelia no longer felt certain about (or perhaps she had never known them). She would soon be nearer fifty than forty, and she was sure that every day she could feel more neural pathways disappearing -- fusing and arcing and dying -- leaving her unable to retrieve information. Right up until the end, her father's mind had been as methodical as an efficient library, whereas Amelia felt that hers was more like the cupboard under the stair where ancient hockey sticks were shoved in beside broken Hoovers and boxes of old Christmas decorations, and the one thing you knew was in there -- a five-amp fuse, a tin of shoe polish, a Phillips screwdriver -- would almost certainly be the one thing you couldn't lay your hands on.

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